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“Dear Major Textbook Publisher”: A Rant

December 7, 2016
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“Dear Major Textbook Publisher”:  A Rant

Dear Major Academic Publisher, You just sent me, unsolicited, an introductory statistics textbook that is 800 pages and weighs about 5 pounds. It’s the 3rd edition of a book by someone I’ve never heard of. That’s fine—a newcomer can write a good book. The real problem is that the book is crap. It’s just the […] The post “Dear Major Textbook Publisher”: A Rant appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Mathematics activities using Lego bricks

November 27, 2016
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Mathematics activities using Lego bricks

I love Lego. And I love making up mathematics and statistics activities for people of all levels of attainment. So it makes sense that I would make up maths discussion activities using Lego. Whenever I have posted my ideas on … Continue reading →

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Stan Webinar, Stan Classes, and StanCon

November 14, 2016
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This post is by Eric. We have a number of Stan related events in the pipeline. On 22 Nov, Ben Goodrich and I will be holding a free webinar called Introduction to Bayesian Computation Using the rstanarm R Package. Here is the abstract: The goal of the rstanarm package is to make it easier to use Bayesian […] The post Stan Webinar, Stan Classes, and StanCon appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Goucher College is looking for a founding director of their Quantitative Reasoning Center

November 14, 2016
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Mileah Kromer writes: We are currently searching for a founding Director of the Quantitative Reasoning Center. Goucher is a small liberal arts college and we are trying to make data analytics and quant reasoning a larger part of our core curriculum. The academic discipline of the center is open. While its advertised as mathematics education […] The post Goucher College is looking for a founding director of their Quantitative Reasoning…

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Talking in class: improving discussion in maths and stats classes

November 3, 2016
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Talking in class: improving discussion in maths and stats classes

Maths is right or wrong – end of discussion  – or is it? In 1984 I was a tutor in Operations Research to second year university students. My own experience of being in tutorials at University had been less than inspiring, … Continue reading →

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3 secrets to giving a remote lecture!

November 1, 2016
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Someone writes in: I noticed that you did a remote lecture in Warwick and I—thinking of organizing such a lecture—was wondering about the logistics. (1) What software did you use? Was any special IT required for it to run? (2) Did you feel that it was a positive speaking experience? Were there any challenges, especially […] The post 3 secrets to giving a remote lecture! appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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Cute Gibbs sampling for rounded observations

November 1, 2016
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Cute Gibbs sampling for rounded observations

I was attending a course of Bayesian Statistics where this problem showed up: There is a number of individuals, say 12, who take a pass/fail test 15 times. For each individual we have recorded the number of passes, which can go from 0 to 15. Because of confidentiality issues, we are presented with rounded-to-the-closest-multiple-of-3 data … Continue reading "Cute Gibbs sampling for rounded observations"

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How not to analyze noisy data: A case study

October 25, 2016
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How not to analyze noisy data:  A case study

I was reading Jenny Davidson’s blog and came upon this note on an autobiography of the eccentric (but aren’t we all?) biologist Robert Trivers. This motivated me, not to read Trivers’s book, but to do some googling which led me to this paper from Plos-One, “Revisiting a sample of U.S. billionaires: How sample selection and […] The post How not to analyze noisy data: A case study appeared first on…

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Play and learning mathematics and statistics

October 13, 2016
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Play and learning mathematics and statistics

The role of play in learning I have been reading further about teaching mathematics and came across this interesting assertion: Play, understood as something frivolous, opposed to work, off-task behaviour, is not welcomed into most mathematics classrooms. But play is … Continue reading →

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Adding polished significance summaries to papers using R

October 4, 2016
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When we teach “R for statistics” to groups of scientists (who tend to be quite well informed in statistics, and just need a bit of help with R) we take the time to re-work some tests of model quality with the appropriate significance tests. We organize the lesson in terms of a larger and more … Continue reading Adding polished significance summaries to papers using R

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